Lightyear review: an immersive cosmic adventure that reaches to infinity and beyond

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If there’s one word that summed up the concept of Pixar’s Lightyear when it was first announced, it’s confusion. The Disney subsidiary’s 26th animated film is one that can be framed in many ways: it’s a Toy Story spin-off, but one that doesn’t feature the iconic toys; it’s also kind of a semi-prequel, it’s the movie that inspired Buzz Lightyear’s toy series in the Toy Story franchise; and to complicate matters, it’s an in-universe Pixar movie—one utterly adored by Andy, Toy Story’s human protagonist—and then clearly meta in its approach.

Important information

– Release cinemas on Friday 17 June
– 26th Pixar Animated Movie
– Focuses on Buzz Lightyear’s origin story
– Buzz voiced by former Marvel star Chris Evans
– Directed by Angus MacLane; produced by Galyn Susman

None of the above, however, detracts from the joyous, intergalactic romp that is Lightyear. Pixar’s latest feature film project is a flying, cosmic action-adventure film that’s as much a celebration of classic sci-fi as it is of the Toy Story series. It’s a bit of a formula at times, but Lightyear’s thrilling action, humor and heart help it shine as one of the brightest stars in the Pixar sky.

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